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St. Luke's Offers 3D Mammography To Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection
Nearly every woman worries about the possible threat of breast cancer at some point in her life. Fortunately, with early screenings and medical research, breast cancer is less likely to be a sudden discovery with little hope of recovery.

Research shows that regular breast cancer screening saves lives. Mammography has been the gold standard in breast cancer detection for years. More recently, a breakthrough technology has revolutionized mammography. Digital breast tomosynthesis, also called 3D mammography, is a screening and diagnostic tool that may improve early breast cancer detection by up to 40 percent.

With a conventional 2D digital mammogram, the exam produces two pictures of a woman's breast tissue when compressed. With a 3D mammography exam, the X-ray arm moves around the breast and produces a 3D image of the breast tissue in thin, one millimeter layers. This gives the radiologist viewing the images a much clearer picture of the breast tissue and all its complexities. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, especially in women with dense breasts, hiding masses or abnormal areas. With 3D images, the radiologist is able to view the layers of breast tissue in slices, seeing breast detail in a way never before possible.

The additional 3D images can significantly improve early breast cancer detection, as well as reduce the chance a patient will be called back for follow-up imaging.

Other advantages of 3D mammography:
  • Breast compression during a 3D exam is similar to a 2D exam and it only takes a few seconds.
  • Very low X-ray energy is used; nearly the same as a conventional mammogram and well below FDA safety standards for mammography.
  • It is approved for all women who can have conventional 2D mammograms and can be especially useful for screening women with dense breast tissue or with a family history or personal history of breast cancer.
  • It is currently covered by most Medicare plans. Some private health insurance providers may charge a small out-of-pocket fee. Patients should always check with their insurance provider.
For more information about 3D mammography at St. Luke's Hospital and breast health guidelines, visit stlukes-stl.com.

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